Sunday, September 08, 2013

I Think I'm Being Punished

Do you ever feel like you're being punished for something and you don't even know what you did?

Maybe it's karma.


Because really, how many times in one ward can you be called to teach Sunbeams?

Because in almost seven years, this is my third time.

I've worked with four primary presidents and "team taught" with eight women (all of whom, amazingly enough, were magically released after just a few months of the calling, while I wasn't).

When they called to know if I could meet with a member of the bishopric, I almost screamed because I already knew.

I've never said no to a calling, but this time, I really, really wanted to.

Not because I don't love all of the kids in the class.

I really do (except maybe one.  Ok, so two).

They're sweet and cute and hilarious.

But, there are ten of them.

I don't care who you are, ten three-year-olds in a tiny room for a forty minute lesson is eight too many for me.

You spend the entire time trying to get one half of them to be quiet and the other half of them to sit in their seats and by the time church is over, all you can think about is how you, as a Mormon, could have a nice, stiff drink without anyone knowing.

And by the time you get home, all you want is a nap and to forget that the day ever happened.

And then you have to deal with your own child and being in the third trimester of a pregnancy, patience comes at a premium.

Heaven help me.

Because it's only been a week and already I'm about ready to quit being a Mormon all together.


Jonathan and Sarah said...

No erin no!!! I thought you were just subbing last week! I'm so sorry! not only because my kid is one of the annoying 10, but because I can NOT think of a worse calling! When they called me in to call me to primary I started crying cause I thought it was for sunbeams, and continued tears of joy when it was for the older kids. Please know my heart hurts for you--seriously worst calling ever. I hope kate doesnt make it worse!

Chamberlin said...

In every ward I've been in they've split the sunbeams into 2 or 3 classes....Maybe your primary pres. just needs a suggestion in that direction.....

Erin said...

Sarah, you know I love Kate. And I love all of the other kids that are in there, too...when I have them 2-3 at a time. I love 3-year-olds, I think they're hilarious. What I don't do well is chaos. Or a lot of noise - which is why I will probably never have very many kids of my own. It makes me crazy. Maybe that's something I need to learn??

And Chame, I team teach with another lady, so I guess that's like splitting the classes. It's really nice because then I only have to teach once every-other-week and also because then there's someone available to take kids out for potty breaks. But, I wouldn't mind having half of the kids either!